Three Ukrainian cities will completely switch to "green" energy

Three Ukrainian cities will completely switch to

Mayor of Zhytomyr, Kamyanets-Podilsky and Chortkova signed a memorandum with the international climate organization, under which they undertook to gradually transfer the power system of their cities to renewable energy sources, informs 1NEWS.

This was announced during a press conference in Kiev by the coordinator of the international climate organization Svetlana Romanko in the region of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

"We are grateful to our measures for joining the first ones, in particular, the Mayor of Zhytomyr has already signed a Memorandum on the goal of transferring the city to 100% renewable energy in the energy balance of the city by 2050," Romanko said.

She noted that global climate mobilization takes place on September 7-8, which brings together more than 200 cities around the world.

"More than 700 events around the world are devoted to the problem of the climate, calling for a reduction in the extraction of dirty fossil fuels, replacing it with clean energy that will be accessible to all and build its own energy independence. The shares are currently in Kiev and successive promotions will take place in 17 Ukrainian cities. In general, they will be over 27 in the region, and we also expect from other mayors the transition to renewable energy sources," she said.

In particular, the Mayor of Zhytomyr, Sergey Sukhomlin, noted that the city in June 2018, together with, signed a Memorandum on the global transition of the city to 100% renewable energy.

"The signing of the transition agreement to 2050 is an absolute reality. The city of Zhytomyr is a signatory to the agreement of the mayors and we have a duty to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020. Currently, international organizations work in the city of Zhytomyr, it is the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and we are implementing a project for building a CHP plant for biofuels, which Kamianets-Podilsky has already implemented. Also, due to the grant from the Swiss Cooperation Office, a contract for the construction of another CHP for biofuels will be signed the other day. Estonian investors are also building a large CHP and another CHP is holding a competition. Four CHP plants will provide around 100 MW of heat energy to the city of Zhytomyr, thanks to which we will be able to replace the gas," Sukhomlin said.

According to the secretary of the Kamyanets-Podilsky City Council Dmytro Vasilyanov, the city also joined the signing of a memorandum, which determined to achieve a 20% saving in all energy resources, as well as reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions to the environment by 20%.

City Mayor Chortkiv Volodymyr Shmatko stressed that in 2016 the city signed an agreement of mayors and developed its own plan of action for sustainable energy development Chortkova.

"We set ourselves the goal – to make the city of Chortkiv energy efficient. In 2016, we signed an agreement of mayors, developed our own action plan for sustainable energy development, Chortkova, gave clear tasks that the community and local authorities must do by

2030, with the main task of reducing energy consumption and reducing CO2 emissions to 30%" he said.

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